January 17, 2021

Lakehouse Is Reopening Soon For KPMG Kampers

Since March, the $450 million, 780,000-square-foot cruise ship on land known as KPMG Lakehouse has sat dark and collected dust in Lake Nona, FL. Kamp KPMG had its grand opening only two months earlier before being temporarily closed due to the Rona. But there’s good news for KPMG kampers: Lakehouse will be opening its doors […]

Number of the Day: 43%

The Anti-Fraud Collaboration—a partnership between the Center for Audit Quality, Financial Executives International, The Institute of Internal Auditors, and the National Association of Corporate Directors—sifted through more than 530 SEC Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Releases (AAERs) filed between 2014 and 2019 for its newly released report, Mitigating the Risk of Common Fraud Schemes: Insights from […]

It Seems PwC Issues Reports On Just About Everything, Including Babies

The Telegraph reported the following from PwC’s Lamaze practice (probably): Britain faces a baby bust this year as Covid and lockdown wreck the plans of millions of would-be parents. The birth rate could fall to its lowest level on record as chaos from the pandemic forces couples to delay starting a family and lockdown measures […]

The Truth About Public Accounting, Part I: How the Sausage Is Made and Those ‘Best Places to Work’ Surveys

Your biggest busy season assignment is a public company audit. The audit looks well-staffed six months before fieldwork starts. But by the time fieldwork begins, the staffing has completely unraveled. The in-charge has left the firm. You get a battlefield promotion to be the in-charge. High staff turnover in the office and the demands of […]

Promotion Watch ’20: Deloitte Australia Adds 43 to Partnership

That’s right, 26 men and 17 women now have a seat at the big kids table at Deloitte Australia. The lucky Green Dotters are: Andrea Abusah, Consulting Tom Alstein, Consulting Heidi Armin-Grimm, Tax & Legal Michael Barone, Tax & Legal Luke Bates, Financial Advisory Nick Bright, Financial Advisory Nicholas Brischetto, Risk Advisory Susan Brown, Consulting Brandon […]

Promotion Watch ’21: KPMG Australia Admits 33 New Partners

Early January is typically a slow time of year for public accounting news, so in order for us to fill our posting quotas for the week, here are the 20 men and 13 women who became partners at KPMG Australia on Jan. 1: Audit, Assurance, and Risk Consulting Glenn Brooks Audit & Assurance Perth Nicola […]

2020: The Year of a Thousand Cuts

When the largest public accounting firms in the U.S. had their employees move their battlestations from the office to home in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, we had no idea what was going to happen next. But some accountants who worked at the Big 4 and the top midtier firms during the financial crisis […]

Number of the Day: $157 Billion

The year of our COVID Lord 2020 proved to be the biggest challenge the Big 4 firms have faced since the financial crisis, as the pandemic wreaked havoc on global revenue forecasts that looked so promising at the start of each firm’s fiscal year. Deloitte, PwC, EY, and KPMG had combined global revenue of approximately […]

Apparently NASBA Offices Narrowly Avoided the Nashville Bombing

In a letter to stakeholders, NASBA President and CEO Ken Bishop updated us on the situation in Nashville, NASBA’s ongoing work-from-home policy, and how their city is coping with the Rona. They’re fortunate that everyone is safe despite the frightening proximity of the Christmas morning car bomb that injured eight and damaged at least 41 […]

Hiring Watch ’21: EY India Is On the Hunt For Thousands of Techies

Press Trust of India reported on Dec. 24 that EY is going on a hiring spree in India next year: Global professional services organisation EY on Thursday announced that it would be inducting in 2021 about 9,000 new hires in India. These will be in various technology roles across all member firms including the global […]

If Your Password Is ‘123456,’ You Are Dumb and Lazy

From ZDNet: After analyzing 275,699,516 passwords leaked during 2020 data breaches, NordPass and partners found that the most common passwords are incredibly easy to guess — and it could take less than a second or two for attackers to break into accounts using these credentials. Only 44% of those recorded were considered “unique.” The password manager solutions […]

2021 IRS Standard Mileage Rates Have Arrived

Here they are, in the event you actually resume traveling to client sites next year: Beginning on January 1, 2021, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 56 cents per mile driven for business use, down 1.5 cents from the rate for 2020, 16 […]

Friday Footnotes: Accountant Bros Behaving Badly; Deloitte Partners’ Haul; CLA Has a New CEO | 12.25.20

Atlanta accountants plead guilty to $1.2B in fraudulent charitable deductions [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] Brothers Stein Agee and Corey Agee, partners at the Sandy Springs firm AgeeFisherBarrett, both pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, an offense that carries up to five years in prison. A sentencing date has not been announced. […]

Armanino Employees Were Made Whole For the Holidays

According to a tipster, here’s the latest news regarding employees getting their money back at Armanino, the 21st largest CPA firm in the whole damn nation: Back in April, everyone took a 10% pay cut as a result of COVID. Yesterday [Dec. 17], our CEO Matt Armanino announced during our fourth quarter webcast that the […]

PwCers Got a Holiday Concert, What’d You Get?

It’s about that time to start comparing what paltry branded goods everyone is swapping in the name of Christmas (or Hanukkah or winter solstice or whatever it is you choose to celebrate in this, the last mile of the year), a favorite pastime of accountants everywhere. We’re hearing PwCers were treated to a “concert” (via […]

Compensation Watch ’20: Who Is Getting Mid-Year Raises At KPMG?

With all this talk about mid-year raises at PwC starting Jan. 1, $1,500 holiday/mid-year bonuses at Deloitte, and mid-year salary bumps at EY effective Jan. 9, all we’ve heard are crickets on our tipline about what’s going on at KPMG. But I did notice this post on Fishbowl last Friday: In a different post on […]

Boo-hoo: A Certain U.K. Online Fashion Retailer Might Have a Hard Time Finding a New Auditor (UPDATE)

[Updated on Dec. 21 with additional information.] Something called PKF Littlejohn will replace PwC as auditor of scandal-ridden U.K. online fashion retailer Boohoo. The Guardian reported earlier today: The online fashion retailer Boohoo has hired a new auditor after the resignation of the “big four” accountancy firm PwC amid accusations that workers’ health and rights had […]

Why You Should Just Read the Chapter Already

I had a dream the other night that I was back in managerial accounting. A few of my classmates back then would call it a nightmare. It was second semester of my sophomore year and somehow this general business course was harder than the first intermediate accounting that I was also taking at the time. […]

Oof. KPMG’s 2020 Global Revenue Got All F’d Up By the Rona

I had it all planned out. Knowing that KPMG would likely announce its 2020 global revenue this week, I was going to give KPMG kudos and kongratulations and golf claps for finally hitting the $30 billion mark, which would be an all-time high for the firm. And then troll KPMG a little for being the […]

RSM US Employees Are Getting Meat Sweats For the Holidays

If we were playing the word association game and you said “Omaha Steaks,” Adrienne and I would instantly respond with “KPMG.” Why? Because over the course of this site’s existence, we’ve written thousands of words on Omaha Steaks being the summertime gift du jour for KPMGers for many years. Now we found out from a […]

Compensation Watch ’20: EY Employees Don’t Get Screwed For Once

Yesterday, my esteemed colleague Bramwell regaled you with tales of boring lines at Starbucks along with the latest buzz on bonuses at EY Canada, while also insinuating that EY U.S. had already given its people a substantial gift when they announced unlimited PTO in October. That last bit is obviously a joke, perhaps not too […]

Bonus Watch ’20: EY Canada Made It Rain Christmas Bonuses

On Saturday while I was waiting in line at Starbucks, I was scrolling Reddit and saw a couple posts on r/Big4 about EY of the Canadian variety handing out Christmas bonuses to senior managers on down. According to one post, here’s what everybody got: $1,500 for managers and senior managers $750 for staff and seniors […]

No Foolin’, EY Extends Work From Home to At Least April 2021

Last we checked in on the ongoing work-from-home situation at EY in August, EY Americas vice chair of risk management Jay Persaud told his firm’s beloved army of waffles and pancakes they should expect to stay home until at least January 2021. Not to scare anyone but January 2021 is 21 days from now. It […]

Number of the Day: £518,000

That is the average profit per partner before tax at BDO U.K. in the 2020 financial year that ended June 30, down 14% from the £602,000 in profits each partner took home the previous year, according to the Financial Times and The Telegraph. Overall, the Queen’s BDO had revenue of £660 million for 2020, up […]

Ex-KPMG CEO Lynne Doughtie Is Following the Post-Big 4 Playbook

This post is ONLY for those of you at KPMG who have been losing sleep thinking about which company board Lynne Doughtie would be joining now that her Big 4 career is over. Here’s the answer: NovaSignal Corp., a medical technology and data company specializing in assessing cerebral blood flow, announced today that Lynne Doughtie […]

KPMG Poaches Someone From PwC and Issues a Press Release, Part X

Not only are there two former EY tax wonks who are part of the latest class of tax partners and managing directors at KPMG but there’s also a PwC refugee. From a KPMG announcement posted by Tax Grotto: Jeremy Jester has rejoined KPMG as a managing director in its SALT practice. He has nearly 15 years […]

RIP, Paul Sarbanes

Pour one out today for your homie, Paul Sarbanes, because a lot of you just might owe your gainful employment to him and Michael Oxley, who passed away in 2016. Here are some excerpts from the Washington Post obit today about the former Maryland Democratic senator: Paul S. Sarbanes, who as a young Maryland congressman […]

Number of the Day: 1%

No, this post isn’t going to be about which dick-swinging Big 4 firm gets to brag about being top in global revenue this year (it’s Deloitte, just FYI). 1 — or rather, less than 1 but that didn’t work in a headline — is the percent of CPAs in the United States who are black. […]

Listicle of the Day: Top Accounting Firms For Executive Women In 2020

These six public accounting firms can add “Working Mother Top Company for Executive Women 2020+ Winner” to the awards and recognitions portions of their websites and on their recruiting materials and other propaganda they hand out on college campuses: BDO USA U.S. employees: 7,693 % Female employees: 46% % Female corporate executives: 21% Deloitte U.S. […]

KPMG Managing Director Alan White Reported Missing By Family; Reward Increased to $20,000; Dallas Police Considers White ‘Endangered’ (UPDATE)

[Updated on Dec. 2 with LinkedIn post from KPMG Dallas office managing partner.] No new updates on the whereabouts of KPMG Dallas Managing Director James Alan White, who has been missing since Oct. 22. One thing I haven’t seen in any of the reporting in Dallas and around the country about White’s disappearance is a […]

BDO Had a Pretty Decent FY 2020 Globally

While 2020 has been horrible and stressful for pretty much everyone and everything, BDO actually had its best year on record, revenue-wise. Those who know, know BDO hit the $10 billion mark in global revenue for the very first time, topping out at $10.3 billion for the financial year that ended Sept. 30. That’s about […]

Friday Footnotes: We Call That ‘Cockblocking’; A Broke Accountant; PwC Sued Over Sick Leave | 11.27.20

CPA Exam gets refresh after practice analysis [Journal of Accountancy] Emphasis on understanding business processes and data analytics is being expanded while other topics are being phased out as the CPA Exam undergoes a refresh designed to maintain its relevance to the evolving work that newly licensed CPAs perform. New CPA Exam Blueprints released Friday […]

Life at PwC Is All About Bewo Werk Llwe Ll

Leave it to PwC to deliver its “Be Well, Work Well” message in a weird and confusing way. Their futures are so bright, they gotta wear shades, I guess. Or it’s to hide the enormous bags under their eyes from the lack of sleep they get because of all the hours they work at PwC, […]

Number of the Day: 8

That’s the number of companies in the S&P 500 that have used the same Big 4 firm to audit their financial statements for at least the past 100 years, according to a recent Bloomberg analysis. We won’t steal Bloomberg’s thunder by listing those eight cozy relationships. If you want to see who has been in […]

Deloitte Australia Secures Bragging Rights As ‘First Big 4 Firm Not to Totally F*ck Staff Cuz Rona or Something’

In a Wednesday message to staff, Deloitte Australia CEO Richard Deutsch shared the good news that although the firm had instituted pay cuts earlier in the year when no one really knew how bad things might get, they’re pulling a Mike Ehrmantraut and making their guys (and gals) whole. Financial Review reports: Big four consulting […]

Friday Footnotes: Deloitte Cleans Up on Rona Work; More Trouble For KPMG; Coke in Tax Court | 11.20.20

Deloitte’s COVID ‘bonanza’: this is how much the British public has paid so far [openDemocracy] The Department of Health handed £38.8 million to accountancy firm Deloitte in July this year, for unspecified “services” relating to Test and Trace, new figures reveal. This is the first time we’ve known how much Deloitte is being paid for […]

Deloitte Rules the Windy City Once Again

There are a few things those of us who live in and around Chicago can count on every single year: bad Chicago Bears quarterbacks, the Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day, a new lineup of Goose Island Bourbon County stouts on Black Friday, and Deloitte being Chicago’s largest accounting firm. The Green Dot […]

EY Threw Its Disgruntled Employees a Bone

It’s been well over a month now since EY announced it was moving away from its accrual-based vacation policy and going unlimited PTO, to the dismay of nearly all of the firm’s “entitled” employees. And EYers are still making their displeasure with the move known via memes and posts on the usual chatter sites and […]

Accountants Behaving Badly: Pervert Pleads Guilty, ‘The Worst Kind of Thief,’ Jailed ‘City Boy’

Being involved in a prostitution-and-drug ring is a career-limiting move. Former Lexington accountant pleads guilty in sex ring that victimized drug addicts [Lexington Herald Leader] Mark Milslagle admitted taking part in a conspiracy that victimized drug-addicted women for sex. If his plea deal is accepted, the former Lexington accountant will be sentenced to five years and […]